Sculpture

Docked in Portsmouth (and married to Deane, a Portsmouth man) since 1970, after a wandering army childhood, Celia identifies closely with her adopted home town.  As a founder member of the Portsmouth Society, Portsmouth WEA Local History Group and Naval Dockyards Society she has become an expert on historic dockyards in many countries.  Each dockyard town has a particular physical shape and social atmosphere… explored in her new book: Sustainable Regeneration of Former Military Sites (Routledge), which celebrates Gunwharf's Aspex Gallery in her chapter: 'Make Art Not War'.

 As a dry dock, echoing Portsmouth's No. 1 Dock, where ships are built and repaired, 'Dock' is ship-shaped, but it's a stone building - steps, blocks and slides to get materials down into the dock, constructed on top of wooden piled foundations driven into the surrounding earth. It has an underground pumping and drainage system which is closed and opened to the sea by the caisson - or 'cassoon' - as we call it in Portsmouth.  Invented here, it's a metal container pumped full of water to seal the dock, and emptied and floated away as the dock is refilled when the ship is ready to leave.  This example is based on the Russian caisson in Helsinki which encloses a collection of historic ships  throughout the Nordic winter.  It is flooded and the ships are symbolically floated out to sea at the start of spring.

 Being a member of Clay Station is an essential part of my life, where we create what's in our hearts and minds with our hands and our imaginations.

 

La Tourette in "Materials Matter" Exhibition by members of the Hampshire Sculpture Trust South Hill Park Bracknell May 2016

Celia Clark enjoys working in ceramics, including making a series of sculptures inspired by natural forms, and another inspired by the buildings she used to teach about in the history of architecture for craftspeople at the university of Portsmouth.

 

Ca n'est pas un choux 

This series of sculptures is inspired by Brutalist and Modernist architecture.

 

Ship of Fools

Volcano spirals

Village


Penguin Pool London Zoo
The elliptical elegance and pioneering reinforced concrete
interlocking walkways of Berthold Lubetkin's Penguin Pool
have always delighted me. Not for sale



 
Stair: Mercantile House Portsmouth
This triangular stair designed by the Owen Luder Partnership
in the 1960s  has always delighted me as I pass it.
 Exhibited at Mottisfont, National Trust 2014.  Not for sale.


 

La Tourette, Lyon France
The chapel bell turret and altar of the Sainte Marie de La Tourette monastery designed by Le Corbusier and Iannis Xenakis in 1956-1960 inspired this sculpture.  Not for sale

 

Trellick Tower: North Kensington London
The 30 storey lift shaft and staircase is linked by glazed walkways to the adjoining block of council flats designed by Erno Goldfinger in 1966-72.  The ground floor lobby has red, yellow and blue glass windows, a quotation from Le Corbusier's Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp 1954.  Not for sale

 

Kissing Towers - the Tricorn Portsmouth by Owen Luder and Rodney Gordon 1962-1966 Demolished 2004